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Premier League Round-Up: 3rd July

3 July 2013

As the countdown continues to the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season, we take a look at the news surrounding Palace's top flight rivals.


England international striker Darren Bent has been frozen out of the first team squad at Aston Villa, according to the Telegraph.
Manager Paul Lambert has told Bent to move out of the first team dressing room at the club’s training ground, along with Stephen Ireland and Alan Hutton.
The 29-year-old, who hasn’t played for England in almost two years, spent most of last season on the bench and has been linked with a move away from Villa Park. 
Newcastle United and Fulham are said to be among Bent’s potential suitors, but the striker’s £65,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block to any move.  


Chelsea are battling French champions Paris St-Germain to sign Napoli star Edinson Cavani. 
The Uruguay international was Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals and also starred for his national team at last month’s Confederations Cup.
Sky Sports reported that PSG have made a £43m offer for the prolific frontman, but Jose Mourinho’s Blues are set to rival them for Cavani’s signature. 
Napoli club president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is refusing to budge on their £54m valuation of the player though. 
He told Sky Sports News: “Napoli is a very rich club and we comply with financial fair play. We don't need to sell any of our players.”
According to the Daily Mail, that asking price will force Chelsea to look elsewhere, with Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski also near the top of their wish list.

French winger Bakary Sako has become a transfer target for Fulham. 
Wolves only signed the 25-year-old from St Etienne last summer, but he is now looking to leave the club after they were relegated to League One. 
And new Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett confirmed that the Cottagers have jumped to the head of the queue in the race for his signature.
Jackett told BBC West Midlands: "Fulham have a genuine interest. There is an offer of a very high level. 
"It doesn't surprise me. There's not that many gifted left-sided players around and he had a very good season."


Brendan Rodgers has promised Liverpool fans more summer signings, despite already bringing in four new players. 
Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto all reported for pre-season training at the club yesterday, after completing their moves to Anfield.
But Rodgers told the club’s official website: “Certainly another attacking player will really benefit us, and probably another defender.
“We'll see how it develops over the course of the next few months.
“Obviously the plan was to get our signings in as soon as we possibly could - and we still hope to make a few more.”


Stoke have completed the signing of Marc Muniesa from Barcelona on a free transfer. 
The Spain Under-21 defender joins the Potters on a four-year deal, becoming Mark Hughes’ second summer singing since taking over from Tony Pulis. 
Dutch international left-back Erik Pieters arrived at the Britannia Stadium last week from PSV Eindhoven. 
Muniesa, who made his La Liga debut for the Catalan giants as a 17-year-old, told the Stoke City website: “It wasn't a big decision for me to make. I came to England yesterday to meet the people at the club and look around the training ground, which is very impressive.
“My season only finished a fortnight ago when the European Championship ended, but I can't wait to get started for Stoke. I would start tomorrow if the club asked me to.”


Swansea have signed Real Betis midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old, who made 11 La Liga appearances last season, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal. 
Pozuelo becomes the seventh Spaniard in the Swans squad, joining ex-Betis teammate Jose Canas in south Wales.
Speaking on the club’s website, Pozuelo said: “Since I've been a little boy it has been my dream to play in the Premier League. 
“From the moment I heard of the interest from Swansea I have watched their games and followed the news at the club.
“The style of the team suits me, and so too does the style of the manager.”

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